When fireworks go off, they are so beautiful to watch. Many of us, myself included, want to take picture to capture the magical moment for posterity. But, unless you are a professional photographer or master planner, there is always one glitch – you never seem to have a camera at the ready. But, we have a hunch that you are one piece of gear that can take great firework photos. And, that’s your cell phone!
In the last few year, the quality of the camera in smartphones has consistently improved to rival, if not surpass, the quality off traditional point-and-shoot digital cameras.  You can really take some crisp and clear photos with your cell phone, no longer are they burry, pixely and out-of-focus as just a few years back.  Plus, you can down load some great apps for your smartphone that allow you to edit photos and share through social media straight from the phone without ever having to pull out your laptop.
To maximize the potential of your phone camera, follow these tips for taking impromptu firework photographs at New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July, or at the many festivals around the country.
Location: Set the scene by snapping pixs from a vantage point that shows the surrounding landscape or buildings. Focus straight on the firework with only surrounding sky doesn’t add the depth and scale that makes firework photos great.
Be Still: Even if you are doing it subconsciously, your camera is sensitive to movement like shaking or vibrating. For the best firework photos, make sure the camera remains completely still by propping it on a table, ledge, or tree. You could also use a tripod, but this requires that planning gene
No Flash: For firework photography on your phone, the flash is not necessary because the subject matter provides enough light in the image itself.
Special Apps: Consider downloading special apps on your phone that will help improve firework photography. For example, there is a ‘slow shutter cam app’ that lets the user control the amount of the shutter speed. There is another app that will allow you to take photos quickly, up to hundreds a minute that may help you capture that one winning image. You will need to experiment with the settings to figure out what works best for your phone.
Modes: For single firework shots, “portrait” mode is best. For grand finales where the sky is afire with numerous bursts, use the “landscape mode” for optimal results.